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This little gem landed in my collection about a week ago. "John McDonald" is a very common name but with a lot of work and a bit of luck at the Archives in DC I may be able to research the recipient.

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Another recent addition to the collection. The long ribbon may be original and is typical of the ribbon on GC medals issued in the early to mid 1890s. The brooch is more typical of a post 1905 medal so it's probably a replacement. Douglass was killed by another sailor while serving as Chief Master at Arms on the USS Tennessee in 1907.

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Posted this over on the "Groupings" page, but thought I post them here as well with questions.

 

When did they stop with year bars and go to number bars?

 

I see square ribbon drapes with stars instead of bars to mark awards, when changed?

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Posted this over on the "Groupings" page, but thought I post them here as well with questions.

 

When did they stop with year bars and go to number bars?

 

I see square ribbon drapes with stars instead of bars to mark awards, when changed?

and a shot of the group

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Dated Bars ended in mid 1942.

 

 

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That would makes some sense as the medal is dated 1942

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I picked this one up in October and just got to his file. I have now looked at 200+ documents now and I’m fairly convinced that his parents named him Z.

 

Z L Butler was born October 4, 1916 in Arkansas. He enlisted on May 14, 1934 and served his first enlistment until 1937. Then on January 29, 1940 he reenlisted and served until 1944 or 45.

During his first enlistment he served aboard the USS Louisville(CA-28) and crossed the equator May 20, 1936. On his second enlistment, He served aboard the USS Marblehead(CL-12), USS Earle(DD-635) and USS Ingraham(DD-694).

 

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USS Marblehead

1941

December 8, crossed the equator.

1942

February 4, Mr. Butler was wounded in action when the Japanese bombed the USS Marblehead during the Battle of Makassar Strait.

 

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USS Earle

1943

March 7, declared a deserter after having been absent after leave on February 7, 1943.

March 15, surrendered

 

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USS Ingraham

1944

October 27, cross the 180th Mouradian

November 10–16 1944, served with credit in support of the third fleet Carrier strikes Leyte and Luson areas, Philippine islands

November 28-December 11, participated in the later phases of Leyte operations

December 12-17, Took part in the assault and capture of Mindoro Island, Philippine islands

1945

January 3-21, served with credits in the shore bombardment, assault and capture Lingayon Gulf, Luson island

February 16-17, participated in the first carrier air strike against mainland of Japan in the Tokyo-Yokohama area

February 17-18, served with credits in two separate night actions resulting in the destruction of three Japanese vessels in waters adjacent to the Japanese empire

February 25-27, served aboard the USS Ingraham during bombardment of enemy installations and fire support of our ground forces on Iwo Jima

March 1, participated in carrier airstrike against enemy installations on Okinawa

March 20 - April 28, participated in the support of landings Okinawa including a carrier air strike on Sakishima on April 27

April 29 - May 4, served with high credit on board the USS Ingraham during picket patrol’s around Okinawa during which time this vessel came under heavy attack of many enemy planes in a air sea battle which ultimately resulted in the destruction of the entire enemy attacking force

 

 

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Carpenters mate second class George Fredrick Henry Eib

George was born in Michigan on December 3, 1896 and passed away in California on June 8, 1953. He served in the United States Navy from 1914 until 1919.

This grouping was assembled in the mid-40s by George Studley for Mr. Eib.

 

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US navy good conduct belonging to Carl E Soderblom. Still doing research but appears he served 1904-1942. Unfortunately, i do know for sure his good conduct is missing atleast one bar. Posted Image

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Here is one I find pretty interesting. This veteran, nickname Jack, passed away in 2018. Here served as a Signalman and saw a lot of action.

From his obituary: Jack dropped out of high school to enlist in the United States Navy one week after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He spent almost 6 years in the Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater throughout World War II. According to his service records, Jack was involved in many of the most serious battles in the Pacific, including landings in the Marshall Islands, the Philippines, and Okinawa, as well as engagements in the Coral Sea, Midway Island, and Guadalcanal. He was honorably discharged in June 1947 holding the rank of Signalman 1st Class, and earning numerous significant medals of honor.

 

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Todays arrival, unfortunately I currently have no information on who he was. Will be a challenge since I only have initials.

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It's been a while but I came across another nice Navy medal bar with a named GCM. He served as an Aviation Ordnanceman in Torpedo Squadron 88. VT-88 was based on the USS Yorktown at the end of the war and flew missions against the Japanese, including the Japenese mainland.

 

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Here are two more very interesting medals!

 

First off is this GCM to a Corpsman from Indiana. He was first wounded in 1952 while serving with the 1st Marine Division in Korea. He was wounded again in 1966 in Vietnam and received the Bronze Star with V device for that action.

 

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And the next GCM was awarded to an African American service member. You don't see these too often because only a little over 5 percent of the Navy service members at the end of WWII were African American. Joining in early 1942, he served as a Steward's Mate, his only option in the Navy at the time. African Americans were only allowed in other ratings starting mid 1942. He was serving on USS Suwanee when the escort carrier was hit by kamikazes in 1944. They did get his name wrong on the medal (don't know how they could have messed up the name "Roosevelt").

 

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